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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2015, 02:12:25 AM »
@ Rick,
A computer with those credential should fly. If it doesn't than maybe you need to find out why.
As you can see from my post, my system isn't as powerful and I run more scanning software besides Avast and still have no problems. :)
I happen to use a Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series with out any problems. :)
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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2015, 03:02:38 AM »
In reference to malware, I have a purchased malware, Iobit's Malware Fighter v3.1 (purchased) that runs continuously. The malware runs a scan overnight, I'll check to see if it is a full scan or not.

I have a disk defrag that I run once every week or two due to uninstalling/installing games, which I do fairly often (suffer from ADHD  :) ). I have a two-gig HDD, half is free.

When needed I run a full scan via Iobit's Advanced SystemCare 8 (purchased). I have yet to run it, though the app says everything is running fine. I think I'll run it just to say I did.

Avast lists the system as protected. I believe that I have run a full scan, but will do so again to verify.

I know this system should fly, and I'm here to find out why it is not.  :-\

Yeah, haven't done a reinstall. It is on my list, though.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2015, 03:11:28 AM »
In reference to malware, I have a purchased malware, Iobit's Malware Fighter v3.1 (purchased) that runs continuously. The malware runs a scan overnight, I'll check to see if it is a full scan or not.

I have a disk defrag that I run once every week or two due to uninstalling/installing games, which I do fairly often (suffer from ADHD  :) ). I have a two-gig HDD, half is free.

When needed I run a full scan via Iobit's Advanced SystemCare 8 (purchased). I have yet to run it, though the app says everything is running fine. I think I'll run it just to say I did.

Avast lists the system as protected. I believe that I have run a full scan, but will do so again to verify.

I know this system should fly, and I'm here to find out why it is not.  :-\

Yeah, haven't done a reinstall. It is on my list, though.
Sorry but Iobit is something most of us here on this forum and many others avoid. If you're curious why, read the following:
http://shanegowland.com/tech/2012/iobit-is-a-sucky-company/

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2015, 03:42:42 AM »
Any recommendation on a software package that does similar functions?

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2015, 03:46:32 AM »
I was actually going to mention the same thing about iObit, but you beat me to it lol

Some others I would suggest are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntispyware, and spybot Search & Destroy. You can also use things like CCleaner to help optimize, and clean your system, much in the same way that Advanced System Care does (Minus the speed hacks)

Defragging as often as you say you do has the potential to wear out the hard drive sooner rather than later. I usually recommend running defrag about once a month as an average.

Advanced System Care, and Malware Fighter, etc from iObit has a high potential to be the cause of your problem. I've had many problems with their software to the point that they are unreliable, and suspicious, especially where their system optimizations, and registry cleaning are concerned. My recommendation to you is to remove their software, and get yourself some that is more reputable, and reliable. iObit's software has destroyed my windows install more than once, both free, and paid versions.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2015, 03:51:04 AM »
Here is my software setup...

OS - Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bits)
Antivirus - Avast! Free (Up to date, and run as needed)
Firewall - AVS Private Firewall
Malware Scanners - SUPERAntispyware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Both up to date, and run as needed)
System/Registry Cleaning - CCleaner (Up to date, and run about once a month)
Defrag App - UltraDefrag (Up to date, and run once a month)

Hope this helps.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2015, 03:52:44 AM »
Thanx for the tip. Did not want to except on article on IObits ethical practices. Went googling to find a LOT more. Looking into replacing this software.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2015, 04:05:41 AM »
I uninstalled all iobit SW and it seems to be the case. System is not slowed down to a noticeable level. Hm? I thought I had done tests with iobit SW shutdown. Must have had some app running in background I did not identify as being iobit.

Thanx.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2015, 05:24:09 AM »
They are known for installing other software (Apps, and services) during setup, without your permission, so you might have had that as the problem.

My suggestion is to grab the software i suggested, and do a full system scan with each malware scanner to ensure that your system is clean, then do another full scan with Avast! in order to remove whatever it might find.

Glad you've got it sorted :)

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2015, 04:24:45 PM »
@ jasoncollege24,
System defarags are actually a waste of time since Windows 8.1 takes care of that all by itself.

@ Rik Packham,
One button fix all programs rarely if ever work.Kepp your system and those programs that protect you
as up to date a possible. Keep the garbage at bay by using a program like Ccleaner and you should have a fairly good running system.
I would add WinPatrol to the mix of programs.
If you decide on the Pro version, this can save you some money: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg1195303#msg1195303



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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2015, 06:36:24 PM »
@bob3160 tell that to the hard drives that I keep having to defrag, because windows 8.1 doesn't!

Windows 8.1's maintenance is not perfect, and does need a bit of help. Perhaps it's how I use my system, but your statement is surely incorrect in my circumstance. Every month, ultradefrag shows me that at least 2 (usually more than that) out of the many drives I have are not being defragmented by windows 8.1 automatic defrag.

It is a well known fact that what works for one, may not work for another. Defragging is not always a waste of time in these later operating systems. I do agree with your other statement though.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2015, 09:01:35 PM »
@bob3160 tell that to the hard drives that I keep having to defrag, because windows 8.1 doesn't!

Windows 8.1's maintenance is not perfect, and does need a bit of help. Perhaps it's how I use my system, but your statement is surely incorrect in my circumstance. Every month, ultradefrag shows me that at least 2 (usually more than that) out of the many drives I have are not being defragmented by windows 8.1 automatic defrag.

It is a well known fact that what works for one, may not work for another. Defragging is not always a waste of time in these later operating systems. I do agree with your other statement though.
Simple answer, you continue to spend the time to defrag your drives on your systems, and I'll be happy not to do it on my Windows systems. :)
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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2015, 10:18:50 PM »
If I may chime in, SpyBot S&D isn't worth the time or the trouble especially if you use the "tea timer" in SpyBot.
Read this about SpyBot S&D http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412372,00.asp
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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2015, 10:29:27 PM »
i don't ever bother with the team timer, but the app is not entirely a waste. Please keep in mind that various apps are needed in order to catch what others miss. I've known spybot S&D to catch some things the others miss, which makes it worth the time, and effort.

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Re: Does antivirus software slow down PCs?
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2015, 07:07:43 PM »
Most, if not all, of us use MalwareBytes since it is better than SpyBot. Case in point our malware removal specialists don't even bother with SpyBot.
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